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18 roads to be widened in Pathanamthitta

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Widening, tarring works estimated at Rs.19 crore

Saji Chacko, new district panchayat president, addressing a meeting in Pathanamthitta on Friday.
Saji Chacko, new district panchayat president, addressing a meeting in Pathanamthitta on Friday.

The district panchayat will soon begin widening and tarring of 18 rural roads it had recently undertaken, panchayat president Saji Chacko, has said.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Prof. Chacko said the repairs were estimated at Rs.19 crore. With this, the district panchayat had undertaken a total of 172 roads in the district, he added.

According to Prof. Chacko, the panchayat has utilised 42 per cent of its annual Plan fund, making it the first among the 14 district panchayats in the State in terms of Plan fund utilisation. He said the panchayat had chalked out an action plan to achieve not less than 80 per cent Plan fund utilisation by March 31.

Waste disposal

Prof. Chacko said the panchayat had given top priority to waste disposal and drinking water supply. A total of Rs.60 lakh has been set apart for solid waste disposal. He said the work on the Rs.40 lakh solid waste treatment plant at the district hospital in Kozhencherry would begin in March. Public awareness campaign on plastic waste disposal would be continued with added vigour. The panchayat would strive for infrastructure development at the district Ayurvedic hospital at Ayroor.

The panchayat president said that the work on the drinking water supply schemes at Karamala and Perinad was fast progressing. Speedy implementation of the proposed mini hydro-electric project in Kokkathode would be ensured.

E-toilets

Prof. Chacko said the district panchayat had installed the highest number of e-toilets in the State and the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) had termed it a role model.

However, there were complaints about the maintenance of the e-toilets, he said. A private agency had installed 27 e-toilets designed by the Keltron in different parts of the district. But half of them are not working properly due to lack of maintenance by the agency, he said.

Prof. Chacko said the private agency had been asked to rectify the defects and ensure the toilets’ smooth functioning before March 15.

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